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Deborah Cox in Asolo Rep's production of JOSEPHINE. Photo by Paul Tate dePoo III (1).jpg
Deborah Cox Paul Tate dePoo III

The world premiere of the new Broadway-bound musical Josephine opened May 6 at Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre. The cast is headed by Grammy nominee Deborah Cox (Broadway's Aida, Jekyll & Hyde) as the legendary performer Josephine Baker.

Directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award nominee Joey McKneely, Josephine features a book by Ellen Weston and Mark Hampton; music by five-time Emmy Award nominee and three-time Grammy Award nominee Stephen Dorff; and lyrics by Academy Award, Grammy and Golden Globe nominee and two-time Emmy Award winner John Bettis.

In a recent interview with Variety, producer Kenneth Waissman said that he had already raised 40 percent of the capitalization needed to produce the show on Broadway, though no official announcement has been made.

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Read reviews for Josephine below:
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Magazine
Your Observer

See photos of Cox in costume below:

First Look! Deborah Cox in Broadway-Bound Musical Josephine

The cast also includes Kevin Earley as Jo Bouillon, Josephine Baker's band conductor and love interest; and Mark Campbell as Baker's forbidden lover, Prince Gustav VI of Sweden.

The new musical has orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Steve Orich; scenic design by Paul Tate dePoo III; costume design by Eduardo Sicangco; lighting design by Brian Nason; sound design by Justin Stasiw; and projection design by Alex Basco Koch.

Tickets, starting at $24, are on sale by calling (941) 351-8000 or (800) 361-8388; visiting visit; or at the Asolo Repertory Theatre Box Office in the theatre lobby.

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